What is AssistiveRecord?
According to security rsearchers, AssistiveRecord is an adware program. Adware is type of malicious software that can cause issues for your Mac. It can generate numerous additional pop up, banner, pop-under and in-text link advertisements flooding on your web-browser; collect your privacy data like login details, online searches, etc; run in the background and drag down your machine running speed; give more chances for other adware, potentially unwanted programs even malware to get on your Apple Mac.
The worst is, adware software can have spyware and keyloggers built into the program, leading to greater damage to your MAC and possible invasion of your personal data.
How does AssistiveRecord get on your machine
Adware most likely to occur during the installation of freeware due the fact that software like this are commonly hidden in the setup file. Thus, if you’ve installed some free software using Quick(Standard) mode, you may have let adware get inside your Apple Mac. Keep in mind that the Quick mode is unreliable because it do not warn about third-party applications. Thus, additional programs will be installed automatically unless you select Advanced/Custom mode and reject its installation.
|Type||adware software, PUP (potentially unwanted program), pop-up virus, pop up advertisements, popups|
|Removal||AssistiveRecord removal guide|
How to remove AssistiveRecord adware software
There exist several free adware software removal utilities. Also it is possible to remove AssistiveRecord adware manually. But we recommend to combine all these solutions below into the one removal algorithm. Follow the steps of the guide. Read it once, after doing so, please bookmark this page (or open it on your smartphone) as you may need to exit your browser or restart your Apple Mac.
To remove AssistiveRecord, follow the steps below:
- How to remove AssistiveRecord adware software without any software
- Automatic Removal of AssistiveRecord
- How to stay safe online
- To sum up
How to remove AssistiveRecord adware software without any software
This part of the article is a step-by-step tutorial that will show you how to remove AssistiveRecord manually. You just need to carefully complete each step. In this case, you do not need to download any additional tools.
Delete adware through the Finder
First, you should try to identify and uninstall the program that causes the appearance of intrusive ads or web-browser redirect, using the ‘Applications’ list that located in the Finder.
Open Finder and click “Applications”.
It will show a list of all programs installed on your machine. Scroll through the all list, and delete any questionable and unknown software. Right click to suspicious program and select “Move to Trash”. Another method is drag the application from the Applications folder to the Trash.
Most important, scroll through the all list, and move to trash any unknown applications. Don’t forget, select Finder -> Empty Trash.
Remove AssistiveRecord from Firefox by resetting browser settings
Resetting your Firefox is first troubleshooting step for any issues with your internet browser application, including the AssistiveRecord ads. However, your themes, bookmarks, history, passwords, and web form auto-fill information will not be deleted.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed on the screen below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as on the image below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to restore your Firefox web-browser settings to their default state.
Remove AssistiveRecord adware from Safari
By resetting Safari web-browser you restore your web-browser settings to its default state. This is basic when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by the AssistiveRecord adware.
Run Safari internet browser. Next, select Preferences from the Safari menu.
First, click the “Security” icon. Here, choose “Block pop-up windows”. It will stop some types of popups.
Now, click the “Extensions” tab. Look for questionable extensions on left panel, choose it, then press the “Uninstall” button. Most important to get rid of all questionable add-ons from Safari.
Once complete, check your home page and search engine settings. Click “General” icon. Make sure that the “Homepage” field contains the website you want or is empty.
Make sure that the “Search engine” setting shows your preferred search provider. In some versions of Safari, this setting is in the “Search” tab.
Remove AssistiveRecord adware from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings will help you to completely reset your browser. The result of activating this function will bring Google Chrome settings back to its original settings. This can remove AssistiveRecord ads and disable malicious extensions. It’ll keep your personal information such as browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and web form auto-fill data.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Chrome main menu again, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as on the image below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Automatic Removal of AssistiveRecord
IT security researchers have built efficient adware removal tools to aid users in removing unwanted pop ups and annoying advertisements. Below we will share with you the best malicious software removal tools with the ability to look for and remove AssistiveRecord adware.
Use MalwareBytes to delete AssistiveRecord
We suggest using the MalwareBytes Free. You can download and install MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) to search for adware and thereby remove AssistiveRecord ads from your internet browsers. When installed and updated, this free malicious software remover automatically detects and removes all threats exist on the computer.
- MalwareBytes Anti Malware can be downloaded from the following link.
Malwarebytes Anti-malware (Mac)
Category: Security tools
Update: September 10, 2020
- When the download is finished, close all apps and windows on your computer. Open a file location. Run the downloaded file and follow the prompts.
- Click the “Scan” button to find AssistiveRecord adware. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your MAC system and the speed of your MAC. While the MalwareBytes Free utility is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as being affected by malicious software.
- After that process is finished, it will open the Scan Results. You may delete items (move to Quarantine) by simply press “Remove Selected Items”.
How to stay safe online
The AdGuard is a very good adblocker program for the Chrome, Firefox and Safari, with active user support. It does a great job by removing certain types of intrusive advertisements, popunders, popups, undesired new tabs, and even full page advertisements and web-page overlay layers. Of course, the AdGuard can block unwanted websites automatically or by using a custom filter rule.
Visit the page linked below to download AdGuard.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
Once the download is done, run the downloaded file. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guidance. Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick instructions that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your MAC system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted ads, block harmful and misleading web sites.
To sum up
After completing the step-by-step guide above, your machine should be clean from this adware software and other malware. The Firefox, Chrome and Safari will no longer display any unwanted ads when you surf the Internet. Unfortunately, if the guide does not help you, then you have caught a new adware software, and then the best way – ask for help.
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